“Burt Hasen, ‘Allegories’ ” and “Artistic Friendships” Exhibitions

Anita Shapolsky Gallery

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[Image: Burt Hasen "Aerial Map Flight Over the Desert" Oil on Canvas, 32 x 26 in.]

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The oeuvre of Burt Hasen, an underestimated post-World War II New York artist, is a testament to the eclecticism of his tremendous artistic talent and imagination. Aesthetically Hasen’s roots can be found in European surrealism and its methods of combining seemingly unrelated and sometimes shocking elements; tapping the unconscious, the intuitive, and the everyday.

Like many artists, Hasen took advantage of the GI bill and went to Paris to study art. When he returned to New York several years later in the early 1950s he saw firsthand the new American painting dubbed Abstract Expressionism, which had begun to be shown in New York in the 1940s. Hasen’s works can be likened to pictorial fables in flux, consistently concerned with the metamorphosis that occurs between the shifting layers of reality and the subconscious.

Admirers of Burt Hasen’s work and those that are new to the artist will undoubtedly delight in his complex compositions teeming with naturalistic human and animal forms, historic and contemporary personages, and hybrids and anthropomorphic forms. The works gathered in this exhibition span the artists’ career including a range of etchings, drawings and paintings.

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Artistic Friendships, includes the works of Richards Ruben, Seymour Boardman, John Hultberg, Lawrence Caclagno, Herman Cherry, and Irving Petlin. There is no unifying theme between the works of these artists and Burt Hasen. They are Abstract Expressionist painters.



from November 07, 2017 to February 03, 2018

Opening Reception on 2017-11-07 from 18:00 to 20:00

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